Ethics Case Study Analysis

Select one of the ethics case studies from this week’s readings and identify the ethical principles that are most relevant to the situation. How would you personally handle the situation? Share the rationale for your decision.

Exercise in Ethics: Performance Psychology Case Examples
Case #1
A psychologist would like to expand her practice to include performance psychology. She worked professionally as a musician for 12 years until a cycling accident ended her musical career. At that point, she returned to college, completed her graduate degree. She is extremely familiar with the culture of the music industry and has maintained ties with music directors, producers and managers, who frequently call her for advice. She is fully licensed as a clinical psychologist and has an excellent reputation in the community where she has been part of a small psychological practice for the past 10 years. The colleagues in her practice are supportive of her efforts. All of the colleagues have excellent training in clinical psychology, are fully licensed, and have excellent reputations in the community. They have unanimously advised her that she is qualified to promote herself as a performance psychologist.

What do you think?

Case #2

You have worked successfully with a couple on relationship issues. They have weathered a number of crises and are shifting to a phase where they now meet with you monthly rather than every week. The husband knows that you have expertise in performance psychology, and asks if you can work with him on performance issues at work.
What do you think?

Case #3
You have been working with a young attorney on performance issues at her law firm. In the midst of your work she discloses that she has an eating disorder. In addition to your performance psychology skills, you have expertise in treating eating disorders. Ethically, can you shift your focus to treat the eating disorder, or do you refer her to someone else?

Case #4
You have been coaching a CEO on performance issues, including work-life balance. The CEO likes the experience and wants to build a department within his business to address work-life issues. He offers you the job as head of the program. Can you ethically accept the position?


Hays, K., & Brown, C. (2004). You’re on: Consulting for peak performance. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.